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Jun 23, 2013 10:09 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Kristene Chapa Staying Positive a Year After Being Shot

PORTLAND - It's been a year since someone shot two teenage girls at a park Portland.

19 year old Molly Olgin and 18 year old Kristene Chapa were both shot in the head at Andrew's Park.

Olgin died, Chapa survived.

We talked with Kristene Chapa today and Olgin's father, Mario.

She showed us a wall in her room, decorated with pictures and well-wishes from friends, family, and even people from distant countries.

She says this wall helps give her strength when she's feeling down. She says it helps her keep going, and keep fighting to get better.

"It's amazing," Chapa says, "I would have never thought so many people care about me."

"I'm not going to lie. There's some days where I just don't want to get out of bed, but I do get up because I know I have to get better," she added.

Chapa goes to physical therapy three times a week, and the results are showing.

"Sometimes, I don't where my brace when I walk," she says.

But Chapa has also been frustrated because police still haven't found the shooter, represented only by a "wanted" sketch in the Portland Police Department.

"It's already been a year and I want closure from this," she says, "What if he's out there and he hurts someone else. I don't want that. I just want him to be put away already and get what he deserves."

Mollie Olgin's father, Mario, agrees.

"Somebody out there knows something and they're not coming forward for whatever reasons," he says.

He wants that sketch to become a person. A person headed for death row.

"I look forward to the day when I'm in Huntsville, watching him pay for what he did," he added.

The shooter took from him, and Chapa, someone they loved.

"I think about her everyday and I pray for her just to watch over me and for God to tell her that I love and miss her," Chapa says.

Chapa tells us, a year from now, she'd like to be in college, studying occupational therapy.

As for the case, Portland police still don't have an arrest. They say one of the main challenges has always been the lack of D.N.A evidence from the scene.


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